Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences 1970
Member Art Directors Guild IATSE 1972
Armed Forces Bicentennial Portrait, White House, Washington D.C. 1977
Gettysburg Picket's Charge Portrait, Pentagon, Washington D.C. 1977
Frescos at La Cathedral Primada, Bogota, Columbia 1953
Oriol Gallery Munich 1995 - 2000
Lifetime Achievements of Jaroslav Gebr Exhibit, Art Directors Guild of America, Gallery 800 Los Angeles, 2016
'The Crucifixion' portrait from Night Gallery Television Show, at LACMA 2016
"Gallery Of Portraits"; Universal Amphitheater 1980
'Untitled' Mural Jules Stine Clinic, Los Angeles 1994
'Ocean Life' Mural: Sea World, San Diego, California 1971
Romanesque Murals: Cesar's Palace, Las Vegas, CA 1985
MOCA display of Night Gallery Crucifixion Painting, Los Angeles, 2016
'Goddess Slays Soldier' Embassy of the Czech Republic, Washington D.C. 2017
Life Tribute by the Czech Republic Consul General, Los Angeles, CA 2017
1926 - 2013
Acclaimed motion picture artist:
Over the last 60 years, Jaroslav 'Jerry' Gebr enjoyed one of the longest exhibitions any one artist could have ever wished for.
His works might not have crossed the auction blocks of Sotheby's, Christie's or Bonham's yet, but throughout your life long romance of Motion Pictures and Television, you have subliminally admired his work over the last six decades.
With an endless wave of amazing portraits, murals and visual effects for motion pictures and television, Jaroslav enticed our emotions and our hearts with an array of exquisite creations.
After reading this book, you will come to one undeniable truth: We have not witnessed an artist before or since Jaroslav Gebr that has so brilliantly accomplished such a wide range of styles, periods, mediums and materials at the highest standard of artistry over the last seventy-five years.
Jaroslav was a prodigy from a small village, Pisek, just south of Prague Czechoslovakia, who in spite of the horrors of World War II was able to refine his creative skills at the Academy of Arts in Prague then post-war Munich and Vienna.
Born to a generation of close colleagues such as both Emil Kosa Sr. and Jr., (students of Alphonse Mucha) and Gerhard Richter, Jaroslav was well on his way to becoming another one of the great Czechoslovakian artists of his day. But the brutal war in Europe changed the trajectory of his career. But with this tragic event, came Hollywood’s profound gain.
Jaroslav married his wife in Munich. Adela Gebrova: a coloratura soprano-opera singer who would become an exceptional creative force in her own right.
They saved their money for their impending migration overseas through portraits and sketches of local officials, Army brass and foot soldiers within the occupying sector from Munich to Vienna as Adela sang for Armed Forces Radio and Radio Free Europe, military dances and government balls.
From there they began their journey from Europe to England to South America and finally the United States.
Armed with one suitcase a winter coat each and their talents, they set upon a journey that would be a gift to so many art lovers around the world.
Little did Jaroslav know, the next sixty years of his life, would be a cascade of the most stunning body of work that has not since been matched by any one artist in the Film Industry to this day.
Since his escape from communist occupied Czechoslovakia in 1949, Jaroslav Gebr's journey through numerous mediums and styles have evolved - from portraits and frescoes in Bogotá Columbia_ to portraits, murals and visual effects in such Hollywood productions as "The Sound Of Music," "Camelot," “Towering Inferno,” "Dune," "The Sting," "Scarface," television's "Night Gallery," "24" and countless others.
Gebr had an incredible gift to immerse himself within an unlimited range of artistic styles. Such as in the replication of Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel for MGM's "Shoes Of The Fisherman" and then transforming his artistic technique and aesthetic nuances within the same work-year to perform within the abstract / impressionistic fantasies via the mind of Rod Serling in his mesmerizing and haunting paintings for 'Night Gallery.
No historical period or medium posed an obstacle for Gebr. From the western scene on the semi-truck-trailer in "Smokey and The Bandit" to a Baroque style portrait on a set for Alfred Hitchcock and all works delivered within a film production window of one to two weeks.
Jaroslav worked hard to satisfy the insatiable thirst of the Film Studio's drive for commercial short cuts. But while doing so, he always stood his artistic ground displaying his classic 'Prague Academy’ craftsmanship in even the most rudimentary of works for a network 'sit-com' or for a farcical feature film comedy as in Mel Brooks' "Robin Hood, Men In Tights." No job was too small or too big for Gebr. The love and attention to his work was constant.
This commitment to his artistic excellence ensured his role as chief artist for such legendary filmmakers as Alfred Hitchcock, Rod Serling, George Roy Hill, Vincent Minnelli, Steven Spielberg, George Lucas and David Lynch and more.
During President Gerald Ford's administration, The U.S. Armed Forces commissioned two portraits by Gebr to be hung in the White House and Pentagon. Yet it was the Hollywood portrait commissions that have given him much of his notoriety since retiring from studio work: To name a few, Roddy McDowell, Joan Crawford, Kim Novak, Robert Culp, Rachel Welch, Barbara Streisand, Jack Lemmon and John Candy, all enjoy their privately purchased works by Jaroslav.
Not only did his artwork find a continuous showcase via Motion Pictures and Television over his sixty-year career, his works on set have become part of the aforementioned Directors and Producers private collections for such Hollywood greats as, Orson Wells, Lucille Ball, Steven Spielberg, Clint Eastwood, Lou Wasserman, Jules Stein, and countless others.
With these private commissions. public sales and auctions of Jaroslav’s creations have been minimal since his passing. Perhaps to the detriment of producing a greater name and notoriety, he never obtained representation during his lifetime, nor did he show in galleries more than two or three times.
His years of retirement were spent mostly traveling and enjoying his rest he so rightly deserved.
Private sales prices have brought: 30k for ‘The Crucifixion’ from Night Gallery to Director Guillermo Del Toro. As to a few auctions, finding 31k for ‘The Mansion’ from Night Gallery from the late Paul Allan’s estate and 90k for the ‘Joan Crawford’ portrait from Night Gallery. Chapter Title Pages from ‘The Sting’ now generate a secondary market price of 8k. Other secondary market prices range from 15k to 7.5k.
An easy comparison that perhaps best describes Jaroslav Gebr’s talents: If Jaroslav was a popular musician of our time, he would most likely have a seat at the London Philharmonic and yet stand on Stage as a Blues player a Country artist or a Big Band crooner all with the same mark of excellence to each style.
We believe the art establishment has had quite a difficult time of where to place Jaroslav Gebr as a marketable entity. Classical Fine Art, yes. Muralist, yes. Commercial Illustrator, of course, etc.,
We trust this dilemma facing the Art Establishment is but an indication of his genius and will pose as a disadvantage to generate a greater notoriety the well-deserves as: MASTER OF THE ARTS
As of 2022, AskArt.com has yet to recognize much of Jaroslav Gebr’s secondary market value due to his sales outside the auction house world.
When my wife and I visited the Antiques Roadshow Convention in Palm Springs in 2015, to see what reaction Jaroslav’s works would generate. Alasdair Nichol’s ‘verbal approximation value’ of Mr. Gebr’s works would fetch a range of 4k to 6k to 8k starting price for secondary market.
A tribute to his life and art was held by the Art Directors Guild of America and at the Czech Consulate in Los Angeles in 2017.
Plans to exhibit Gebr's works are currently under way in Munich, Prague, Palm Beach Florida and in Los Angeles.